Disturbing Honeybee Deaths Due to Corn Insecticide

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Honeybee deaths have been linked to corn insecticide. These insects are responsible for pollinating crops, so their demise is having a significant impact on crops.

Disturbing Honeybee Deaths Due to Corn InsecticideThe insecticide is used to coat corn seeds, and now it seems that this chemical is causing the honeybee deaths. If people stop using it, will it have a positive effect on the bees, or is it too late?

The Environmental Science & Technology journal printed an article called “Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds.” This study found that the insecticide is responsible for the colony collapse disorder that has plagued the species.

It is good that researchers found this link because now farmers can stop using seeds coated with this type of chemical, and the bee population can recover at this point. If these honeybees are not able to pollinate crops, then there could be a huge problem in food crops throughout the world. Corn is an especially important crop for food as well as sustainable energy, so now people need to find new ways to grow it without using this insecticide that disrupts the honeybee colonies.

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